When parents can no longer take care of themselves, a decision has to be made about who will take care of them. This requires careful consideration – ideally, before the need for care occurs – as both home care and a nursing home seriously change the life situation of those involved. The advantages of home care, especially for the person in need of care – we have summarized the four most important arguments for you.

1. Home environment

Probably the greatest advantage of Home Health Aides (HHA) services is that the person in need of care does not have to leave their home environment. It is less about the fact that an older person should no longer be “transplanted”. Much more important are the furniture and all other personal items that have accumulated over the years and that are associated with numerous memories. They tell stories from bygone times that delight the heart and that help to feel comfortable in the home environment. The familiar living environment offers older people a high degree of emotional security and security, although the spatial conditions in the home environment are often more generous than in a nursing home.

2. Social environment

The social environment also plays a central role in connection with the home environment. Even if staying outdoors is only possible with an outpatient nurse or with a relative, you will always meet a familiar face with whom you can exchange a few words. This also applies to the direct approach that takes place between the person in need of care, their relatives, and possible acquaintances. Diverse social and, above all, personal contacts are fundamentally important in order to keep the mind and soul going. In this respect, the familiar contacts with increasing age are an important source of life that significantly increases the quality of life. The feeling of still belonging and not being deported strengthens self-esteem.

3. Cost factor

It is also the costs that play a decisive role in a decision in favor of home care and which are significantly lower than the costs in a nursing home. Long-term care insurance offers financial support for home care, the amount of which depends on the classification in the respective care level. According to § 37 SGB XI (Social Code, Eleventh Book), those in need of care receive a care allowance for self-organized care assistants, for example, family members, neighbors, or private service providers. This expense allowance, which people in need of care from the second level of care can apply for, is paid directly to the person in need of care. In care level 2, the amount is $ 316 per month. In care level 3, those in need of care receive $ 545, in care level 4, $ 728 per month, and in care level 5, the care allowance is 901 dollars.

The benefits of the statutory long-term care insurance are higher if an outpatient care service is called in for home care. According to Section 36 of Book XI of the Social Code, these are so-called care benefits in kind, the amount of which is graded according to the degree of care. Those in need of care from the second level of care are eligible. In care level 2, the care benefit in kind is $ 689 per month, in care level 3 an amount of $ 1,298 is paid, in care level 4 the benefit increases to $ 1,612, and in care level 5 to $ 1,995 per month.

4. Individual care needs

In-home care, the need for care can be tailored to the actual needs of the person in need of care, with the aim of promoting independence for as long as possible. Relatives are not alone in providing care, but receive help with home care, including through care advice and care courses, in which relatives are taught the necessary skills for home care. Due to the financial support from the statutory long-term care insurance, it is possible to take advantage of further support services. This applies to the outpatient care and support services, which offer four basic services: body-related care measures, treatment care, help with housekeeping, and nursing care measures, whereby relatives experience significant relief. Other offers of help include support in everyday life, meals on wheels, day and night care, preventive care, and short-term care, some of which are financed by the statutory long-term care insurance up to a specified maximum amount.

Overall, home care encourages those in need of care to act independently for as long as possible, at least in some areas. In this way, body, mind, and soul are challenged and trained. There are also numerous offers for caregiving relatives that offer breathing pauses and relief so that there is still enough space for one’s own life.

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